Join the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (MRATC) on Wednesday, August 7
and help protect rare species of plants on the Appalachian Trail.
The MRATC is responsible for maintaining 59.4 miles of the A.T. in the Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park and additional trails in the area.
As the project date approaches your trip leader will contact you with a meeting location. Please contact them with any questions you may have.
The A.T. corridor may harbor more rare, threatened and endangered species than any other National Park Service unit. By protecting rare species, and biodiversity in general, the ecosystems in which they occur remain healthier and more resilient to changing environmental conditions. A.T. lands support populations of nine federally-listed and 360 state-listed species of rare plants and animals. Equally important, the A.T. corridor is home to more than 80 globally rare species.
Populations of rare species can be damaged or die out because of threats such as invasive species, poaching, recreational impacts, development, and climate change. Protecting individual populations of rare species is one of the ways to ward off extinction, maintain global biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Please be sure to wear long pants and sturdy boots. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the day, a lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, and a rain jacket.
Advanced registration necessary; please use the following form in registering for this event.